VOLUME 33, NUMBER 23 THURSDAY, April4, 2002

Thomas Connolly dies at 84

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  A funeral service was held March 23 in Christ the King Church, Snyder, for literary critic Thomas E. Connolly, former professor in the Department of English and chair of the Faculty Senate. Connolly died March 18 in his home in Los Robles, Calif., at the age of 84.

Connelly's critical essays in English and American literature appeared widely in scholarly journals. He wrote and edited several books on the work of James Joyce, as well as "From Ararat to Suburbia: The History of the Jewish Community of Buffalo."

Connelly was born in New York City in 1918. He graduated from Fordham University and served with the U.S. Army from 1942-46. In 1948, he married the late Mary Gould and later attended graduate school at the University of Chicago, where he received master's and doctoral degrees.

He taught at Chicago's Loyola University, the University of Idaho and Creighton University in Omaha before joining the UB faculty as an assistant professor in 1953. He became a full professor of English in 1964. He chaired the Faculty Senate in the late 1960s during the chaotic and disruptive years of campus unrest.

Among Connelly's books are "The Personal Library of James Joyce: A Descriptive Bibliography," published by UB in 1955 and republished in 1957 and 1974; "James Joyce's Scribbledehobble: The Un-Workbook for 'Finnegan's Wake'" (Northwestern University Press, 1961); "Joyce's Portrait: Criticisms and Critiques" (Appleton, 1962) and "The Scarlet Letter and Other Tales" (Penguin, 1970).

He wrote "Swinburne's Theory of Poetry," and edited "Nathaniel Hawthorne: Young Goodman Brown."

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